I Be's Troubled

by Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax (January 15, 1915 – July 19, 2002) was one of the great American field collectors of folk music of the 20th century. He was also a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker. Lomax also produced recordings, concerts, and radio shows in the U.S and in England, which played an important role in both the American and British folk revivals of the 1940s, '50s and early '60s. During the New Deal, with his father, famed folklorist and collector John A. Lomax and later alone and with others, Lomax recorded thousands of songs and interviews for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress on aluminum and acetate discs.




I Be's Troubled 
Well if I feel tomorrow, like I feel today 
I'm gonna pack my suitcase, and make my getaway 
Lord I'm troubled, I'm all worried in mind 
And I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin' 
Yeah, I know my little ol' baby, she gonna jump and shout 
That ol' train be late girl, and I come walkin' out 
Lord I'm troubled, I'm all worried in mind 

Yeah and I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin' 
Yeah, I know somebody, who' been talkin' to you 
I don't need no telling, girl, I can watch the way you do 
And I be troubled, I be all worried in mind 

Yeah and I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin' 
Yeah, now goodbye baby 
Got no more to say 

Just like I been tellin' you, girl, you're gonna have to leave my way 
Lord I'm troubled, I'm all worried in mind 
Yeah and I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin' 
Yeah my baby she quit me, seem like mama was dead 

I got real worried gal, and she drove it to my head 
I be's troubled, I be all worried in mind 
Yeah and I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin

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